day 1914 – courtside mastercup

it’s showtime for my students who’s going to compete in this year’s master cup. to all those stepping on the mat at provincial stage, i’m proud of all of them to have the courage to compete. to all my competitors, i’m happy to see the improvements in each and every one of you. this is the first time friends outside of taekwondo world came out and it was quite fun. the freestyle poomsaes is what i had to stay for, even if it meant i would be late for teaching. i’m super exhausted after the long day of coaching and teaching. i cleaned up to pass out before ten thirty

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day 1172 – referee debut

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going to master cup with with the identity of a referee instead of a competitor or coach. first time officiating provincial sparring matches and official blackbelt poomsae divisions; definitely an eye opener. crazy long day with ten straight hours of taekwondo today. i definitely enjoyed judging the official blackbelt as opposed to being centre referee for sparring. i needed tying tie tutorials first thing in the morning as i haven’t worn a tie since hong kong elementary school days

day 851 – master cup fun

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sixteen hour super long day today running on five hours of sleep is no doubt taxing. started the morning off at master cup championship, then checked into dodgeball playoffs filling in for a depleted team, another pit stop at the gym before going out for dinner and then a friend’s friend’s place for some games. i must admit i am ultra disappointed not becoming tier 5 champion because i had high hopes to lead this team somewhere. nonetheless i still had tons of fun and wouldn’t mind getting another stab at it next time around

day 830 – sentimental saturday

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teaching has become a staple over the years but suiting up today felt a little different. i go to main branch very often but it must have been at least six months since i last taught regular classes there. it almost feels weird, but suiting up felt strangely good and i don’t know why. sometimes i wonder if i miss teaching at this location instead of just the branch, or if i miss the students i used to teach. i didn’t mind teaching today, i had to be there for poomsae training regardless since it is about time to prepare students for upcoming provincials

day 715 – collector’s den

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so glad to get through yet another humpday. today calls for rest day because my body is too banged up and needs to rest in order to make it through to demo day. a little cleanup of my bedroom is important. as i was doing a little cleaning through my drawers, i found a stack of competitor and coaching passes that i have amassed over the years. it’s somewhat fulfilling that i have quietly racked up quite a collection of passes

day 458 – master cup

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it feels different going to master cup as a coach instead of a competitor. i am not done competing yet but i have lost interest in competing at this provincial competition year after year. this is really the time for my team to travel to out of town events and get more exposure rather than competing in the same circle at the same level. having success at this level just isn’t giving us the satisfaction like it used to. this is the only way for us to grow and get to higher ground

day 87 – knee crapped out

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of all days, my knee just had to crap out a week before my master cup competition. swollen and dislodged out of place and my only concern is if it will allow me to participate because there’s very little that’s going to prevent me from doing it. when it comes to timing, i think i am pretty bad at it